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SVCC Catalog/Handbook 2017-2018

6 Southside Virginia

6 Southside Virginia Community College SOUTHSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION CONSORTIUM The Southside Higher Education Consortium consists of Hampden-Sydney College, Longwood University, and Southside Virginia Community College. Its primary service area includes the counties of Buckingham, Brunswick, Charlotte, Cumberland, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, and Prince Edward, and the towns and independent cities in these counties. The purpose of the consortium is to contribute cooperatively to the cultural, educational, and economic advancement of Southside Virginia. CROSS-REGISTRATION AGREEMENT The variety of courses available to SVCC students has been increased by a Cross-Registration Agreement within the Southside Higher Education Consortium under which students at any of the four member institutions may enroll in certain courses at any of the other institutions. Requested courses should not be available through SVCC and are open on a space-available basis. Application for a course at Longwood University, or Hampden-Sydney College is made through the Dean of Enrollment Management at SVCC. The summer sessions are excluded from this agreement. POLICIES Equal Employment Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Policy It is the policy of Southside Virginia Community College to promote equal opportunity in educational programs and activities, admission, and employment without regard to race, gender (including sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy), color, national origin, religion, age, veteran’s status, political affiliation, or disability. The college prohibits retaliation against those persons filing a com- plaint or persons participating in the investigation of a complaint. The college also complies with Title II of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) which prohibits the use of genetic information in making decisions related to any terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Inquiries concerning the EEO/affirmative action policy should be addressed to Southside Virginia Community College’s Equal Opportunity Officer, Shannon Feinman, Vice President of Finance, whose office is located on the Christanna Campus at 109 Campus Drive, Alberta, Virginia 23821, (434) 949-1005, V/TDD: (434) 949-1092, or on the John H. Daniel Campus at 200 Daniel Road, Keysville, Virginia 23947. Student Rights and Responsibilities Students at Southside Virginia Community College are expected to conduct themselves and dress in a manner that preserves an appropriate atmosphere and will not disrupt teaching and learning activities. In addition, students engaging in student activities, working for Southside Virginia Community College, or representing the college at special events may be held to guidelines for conduct, dress and appearance appropriate to that activity. All local, state and federal laws, in addition to all the regulations of the college shall be obeyed. The standards of student conduct, including disciplinary rules and procedures are designed to provide and conform to the basic tenets of due process. Freedom of discussion, inquiry and expression is fostered by Southside Virginia Community in which the privileges of citizenship are protected and the obligations of citizenship are understood. Accordingly, the college has developed regulations pertaining to students and recognized student organizations. The college reserves the right to take disciplinary action compatible with its own best interests when it is clearly necessary. Students are encouraged to consult the Student Handbook in this catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of these policies and procedures. CAMPUS SECURITY AND CRIME AWARENESS Students, staff, and visitors at Southside Virginia Community College should report any known criminal activity or actions, or any emergency occurring during daytime operating hours to security, the college receptionist, maintenance/buildings and grounds staff or business office. Crimes and emergencies will be reported as appropriate to the appropriate authorities. Report any suspicious activity during the evening to the night administrator and/or security and maintenance/buildings and grounds staff. Emergency call boxes are located at various locations across campuses. Emergencies involving immediate safety or health concerns should be addressed by calling 911. The college facilities hosting classes close at 10 pm, Monday through Thursday. The libraries and Learning Resource Center close at 8 pm. With the exception of Saturday classes or other special events, the college is closed from 7:30 p.m. Friday to 7:30 a.m. Monday.

While on campus, students, staff, and visitors are cautioned as follows: • Do not leave purses, bookbags, and other valuables open and unattended, • Do not leave vehicles unlocked, or valuables exposed in vehicles, • Observe all posted speed limits and parking regulations to include visitor parking which is strictly limited to visitors of the college. Students and faculty are prohibited from parking in visitor parking spots, • Report lost or stolen items, or damages to property, to security or the Receptionist, • For safety purposes rollerblades, rollerskates, skateboards, hoverboards, etc. may not be used on campus property (sidewalks, parking lots, tennis courts, etc.) or in any college buildings. Statistics concerning the occurrences on campus of reported criminal offenses and the number of arrests for particular violations during the preceding two years are available on the college website: www.southside.edu. In Fall 2009, a Threat Assessment Team was established to promote the safety and security of the campus community. This team will work closely with faculty, staff, administrators and students to establish policies and procedures for the prevention of violence on campus. Report concerns about a person or situation to any faculty or staff member, security, online via the website at www.southside.edu, by email to threat@southside.edu, in person or by phone to the Vice President of Finance at 434.949.1005. HIV/ARC/AIDS Policy Discrimination against persons who are HIV positive or who may have AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) or ARC (AIDS-Related Complex) is incompatible with the goals of SVCC and will not be tolerated. Students, staff, and faculty who are HIV positive or who have AIDS or ARC will be able to remain in the college as long as they are physically and mentally able to perform their role. Members of the Southside Virginia community who need assistance in dealing with HIV/ARC/AIDS issues are encouraged to seek the confidential services of the college’s counseling staff, local Health Department, and other community agencies. Violence Policy Southside Virginia Community College strives to offer students a quality education in a safe and caring envi- ronment. The college also strives to create a safe and secure place of work for its staff. Therefore, the college will not tolerate violence of any nature. Section 18.2-60 of the Code of Virginia states that any person who makes a verbal threat to any employee of any public institution shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail. The threat may consist of written, electronically transmitted, or verbal comments to kill or do bodily injury. If the threat is written or electronically transmitted, a person can be found guilty of a Class 6 felony punishable by one to five years in prison. Any student or employee who acts in such a manner that threatens or jeopardizes another’s safety or acts in a manner that is considered intimidating or disruptive will be found in violation of this policy and will be subject to disciplinary action. Sexual Misconduct Policies Title IX (Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct): Your Rights and How to Make a Report Consistent with its mission, Southside Virginia Community College is committed to providing a learning and working environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community. Sexual harassment (including sexual assault) in any form will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, which can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Thus, sexual harassment prohibited by Title IX can include conduct such as touching of a sexual nature; making sexual comments, jokes, or gestures; writing graffiti or displaying or distributing sexually explicit drawings, pictures, or written materials; calling students sexually charged names; spreading sexual rumors; rating students on sexual activity or performance; or circulating, showing, or creating e-mails or websites of a sexual nature. Under Title IX, this constitutes sexual misconduct and includes rape or sexual assault. The purpose of Southside Virginia Community College’s policy on Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking is to comply with all applicable legal requirements prohibiting harassment against any member of the SVCC community. Moreover, SVCC has committed itself, unequivocally, to ensuring a working and learning environment in which the dignity of every individual is respected. Therefore, it is the purpose